Muslims on the Americanization Path?

By Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad; John L. Esposito | Go to book overview

8
Identity and Destiny

The Formative Views of the Moorish Science Temple and the Nation of Islam
Temple and the Nation of Islam

ERNEST ALLEN, JR.

Since whiteness is a mark of degeneracy in many
animals near the pole, the negro has as much
right to term his savage robbers albinos and
white devils, degenerated through the weakness
of nature, as we have to deem him the emblem
of evil, and a descendant of Ham, branded by
his father's curse. I, might he say, I, the black,
am the original man. I have taken the deepest
draughts from the source of life, the Sun: on me,
and on everything around me, it has acted with
the greatest energy and vivacity.

—Johann Gottfried Herder, 1784

The original man, Allah has declared, is none
other than the black man. The black man is the
first and last, maker and owner of the universe.
From him came brown, yellow, red and white
people. By using a special method of birth
control law the black man was able to produce
the white race…. The white race is not, and
never will be, the chosen people of Allah (God).
They are the chosen people of their father
Yakub, the devil.

—Elijah Muhammad, 19651

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